This is an interesting development. The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has that Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) are not permitted by law to inspect vehicle and drivers’ licenses.
Speaking while paying a courtesy visit to the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, Oyeyemi said the statutory responsibility of the VIO does not include stopping motorists and asking for a driver’s license.
“There is no statutory power given them to do so,” he said.
To seek clarification, I visited the website of the Vehicle Inspection Office Driver and Vehicle Licensing Administration to read what they are authorized to do.
This is what they have on their homepage:
The Department for Vehicle Inspection in the States of the Federation views with serious concern the high rate of accidents on Nigeria roads as a result of lack of skill, knowledge and the right attitude of drivers. Applicants for driving license must obtain Provisional Driving License and will be issued a full driving license on successful completion of the theory test and practical driving examination by the Vehicle Inspection Office.
From what I read, the VIO website did not say it has the right to stay on roads and ask for driver’s license. It was however clear that it is the one issuing the licenses. I guess both FRSC and VIO need to come up with a unified position on this subject matter in order to avoid conflict and confusion on the road.